is the music that Jewish troubadours used to peddle from one
celebration to another, from one "shtetl" (village) to a ghetto, in
Eastern Europe, since the Middle Ages.
Rocked in liturgy, inspired by
ecstatic Hasidic melodies and secular songs, he slummed in hostels and
enriched with theater and folk dances.
symbiosis with Slavic, Gypsy, and Ottoman music, it acquired an
incomparable diversity and richness of expression. With changing paces,
slight dissonance, ornamentation and a touch of improvisation, klezmer
encourages spirituality and dancing. It is able to express all
emotions, joy and sadness, meditation, love, or drunkenness, without
forgetting the (Jewish!) humor! Torn from Europe by Nazism and
Stalinism, he was engrafted to jazz in America before becoming again
the klezmer tradition without freezing it, HOTEGEZUGT ('sez he!' in
Yiddish) was formed and deformed since thanks to a few musicians who
love klezmer and Jewish music... It plays a lot of klezmer and Yiddish
themes, Israeli and Sephardic songs, and some of its own compositions,
all arranged in his own way and sometimes mixed with classical and
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| Michel BORZYKOWSKI is born in Geneva
from Jewish Polish parents, survivors of the Shoah. Physician since a
long time and music lover since always, he discovered an
old saxophone in a cellar and the pleasure to play on it a few years
ago! He joined some Jazz bands in
Geneva (Pumpkin quartet,
Alain Guyonnet's Love and Soda,
etc.). Since 1996, he takes up his cultural origins and
works mainly on klezmer and other
kinds of Jewish music with the bands Hotegezugt, Rojinkes mit Mandeln,
Blues and Tohu
veBohu. Teacher and Yiddish dance leader, he was, during
15 years, vice-president of the Association AMJ (Friends of
Jewish Music) www.amj.ch in Geneva.
|Pier-Yves TETU studied accordion with Denis Croisonier and
Andre Thepaz, then at the Conservatory of Chambery (France). Graduate
as a tenor at the Conservatories of Grenoble and Nevers (Paul Guigue),
he participates in man concerts in France and in Europe with Michel
Chapel, the accordions quartet Harmonia
and the singers of Evasion.
He also played with the French klezmer band Klej'Zema.
Bianca FAVEZ was born in Roumania. She began to play the
violin at five, then studied at the National Conservatory of Paris
where she won a first award and at the Conservatory of Geneva where she
got a virtuosity. She played as a soloist with the Orchestra of the Suisse Romande
and under the direction of Michel
Corboz. Active in many orchestras and chamber music ensembles, she
played in many
festivals, in Switzerland and well as in Europe. Violin Professor at
the Accademia d’Archi,
she also plays
as a soloist at the Orchestra
of the Colleges (dir.
Philippe Beran) and at the Orchestra of Saint-Jean
Liechti). Who could
have thought that such a career would make her love to play with a
|Christine REGARD studied at the Conservatories
of Geneva and Lausanne, where she
obtained a diploma and a virtuosity. Violinist
with the Chamber Orchestra
of Geneva since its inception (Collegium Academicum),
she also plays as well in big
bands as in small ensembles or as a soloist.
from classical music,
she also plays different kinds of world
such as Irish, Russian, Gypsy and,
of course, klezmer.
|David MORHAIN found
his first rhythmical inspiration on his younger brother's head and on the darbouka
his grand-father was obliged to buy for him! After a scholar training as drummer and percussionist,
he came to jazz through the APEJS
at the Conservatory of Chambery, then refined his ears and sharpened his
drumsticks and fingers in France and Switzerland with many bands, as The Blues Busters
(rhythm’blues), the Departemental Big Band (jazz), New Parade
Jazz Band (New Orleans jazz) among others. With Hotegezugt et Palavrikas de Amor, he gets back to his Jewish and Tunisian origins!
| Sylvie BOSSI begins
the accordion at the age of 9 ans because, after her Mam, horseriding
is too dangerous! After studying classical music to musette, she
teaches as early as 16, leads the Avenir
accordeoniste de Chatelaine and plays -among others- withe
the Orchestre Romand
des Professeurs d'Accordeon, Cadenza Baiana, NaMaSy, Loch Leman Ceilidh,
Sebastien Gabriel, Jean-Marie Curti and the Choeur Theatral of Avully. Her
repertoire spreads over world music, Celtic and Eastern Europa Folk as
well as Tango, Rock, Baroque... no withstanding Jazz and Electro, in
short, every kind of nice and moving music...
hands-on and self unrepentant,
Frédéric BERNEY fell into music in
childhood and alert aftermath... Having devoured Wagner, Brassens, The
Beatles, Charlie Parker and Igor Stravinsky by both ears, having been
guitarist, actor, painter and filmmaker, he catches the biggest tool he
could find, tames it and begins to improvise: popular songs, symphonic
music, jazz and world music... with hot points in Indian and Klezmer
MONNIER is born in
the past century in a small village
in primitive Switzerland. She studied theater with Serge Martin and
learned everything she could in many occasions. She's member of Eva
Castellino's dance company "100% Acrylic" and
continues with passion her career, featuring as dancer, vocalist,
comedian and artistic director in Europe, Canada and Australia.
Although yiddish is not precisely her mameloshn,
she knows how to make its intonation alive with her extraordinary
presence on stage...
in Israel, Yael Miller
studies classical and jazz singing, piano and trombone at the Yigal
in Israël. She's the first jazz singer in the famous "Outstanding
of the Israeli army. Since she's 15, Yael composes, and features in
hese own bands. Her first concert out of her country is in China with
the vocal jazz band
Contra Bat. At 20, she leaves Israel to New York, France and
finally Geneva where she settles down since 2006. She sings with
various jazz, funk, rock musicians, rappers, slammers and
klezmorim, creates the band Orioxy,
records and work with the
Labiscou Company. Furthermore, she studies Kial, a classical North
Indian singing technique in Varanasi. With all these influences, she
creates a very personal musical universe.